ShopNChef is convenient and easier than you think!

Why is ShopNChef so convenient?

We are so fortunate to live in a modern world. Advancements in all fields of work help us understand more, live longer and make it easier to provide for the ones we love.

The fusion of modern advancement with constant natural progression has resulted in wise solutions to everyday problems.

Is it difficult to make it to the store to shop? Do you need some advice on cooking techniques?

I recently came across “SHOPnCHEF” and believe me it is one of those wise solutions. It enables users to order raw meal ingredients with recipes based on their cuisine, diet, or religious preferences, packaged in exact recipe quantities for same day delivery, from local sources, to cook at home.

They strongly believe in the integrity of community and each individual’s family. The act of sharing food with people is unifying in nature and transformative to all areas of life. The community and raw ingredient meals appeal to a broad range of individuals, from home cooks and food lovers to professional chefs.

The platform is simple to interact with in a number of ways. Order meals listed on the website, become part of the sellers network or read and share articles on the blog: “Table Talk”, in a few clicks.

SHOPnCHEF eliminates the need for grocery shopping and meal planning. At the same time, it provides more variety and access to ethnic cuisine. There is less waste associated with the platforms portioned meals, as the ingredients are ready to cook. Ingredients are cut and portioned when you receive them, making cooking more enjoyable and less stressful. Convenient delivery service means coming home to everything you need for a relaxing night-in.

Check them out, they deliver all over the bay area, from San Jose to San Francisco.

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French Saffron Toast with Salmon Roe

French Saffron Toast with Salmon Roe

French Saffron Toast with Salmon Roe

Country we are exploring: France            

Continent: Europe

National Language: French

Fun Kid relevant Fact about France:

The French eat snails, frog’s legs and horsemeat!

 Did you know? 

France is the country that hosts the highest number of refugees in Europe. Do you know what refugees are?

Action ideas: How would you help a refugee that might move into your neighborhood?

English Recipe Name: Saffron-French toast with salmon roe               

Name of dish in French: Pain perdu au saumon fume et saffron

Serving Size: 4-6 people

Ingredient spotlight:  Saffron

Saffron has been known since Antiquity as a remedy for all pains, In the East it is also known to bring cheerfulness and wisdom. In certain countries saffron is used to relieve toothache when babies get their first teeth.

Ingredients:

  • 12 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 40ml (2 tablespoons) olive oil
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) crème fraiche
  • 100g smoked salmon
  • Salmon roe, to serve (see Notes)

Big Chef Duties:

  • Preheat oven to 140°C (248 Farenheit)

Let the Little Chef Perform their duties before proceeding with the following:

  • Heat the butter and oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat
  •  Fry for 1-2 minutes each side until golden
  • Keep the toast warm in the oven until ready to serve

Little Chef Duties:

  • Use a Mickey Mouse cutter to cut out Micky Mouse shapes from each slice of bread
  • Place the eggs and milk in a bowl and whisk to combine
  • Add saffron and set aside for 45 minutes

Learn while you wait activity:

Color the map of France and point out the Saffron Museum in Boynes, France.

After 45 minutes

  • Dip the bread in the mixture or brush them, and give them to Big Chef
  • After Big Chef fries them, spoon some crème fraiche, smoked salmon and salmon roe on each toast and enjoy!

*Our Chef Koochooloo likes making Saffron French Toast using Micky Mouse Icon Sandwich Cutter

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Garnish with parsley and slices of tomatoes in olive oil, with a little salt and pepper

As they say in France, Bon Appétit

Kid Friendly Kitchen: The essentials to make your kitchen a perfect and safe place for kids

As many of you know I am now leading the startup “Chef Koochooloo” where part of our mission is to empower families to engage in fun, interactive cooking activities and help parents safely involve their kids in preparing a healthy meal. You can read more about our vision and mission in our last post.

When I started cooking with my daughter I came to the realization that I did not have a kid friendly kitchen. Sadly most of my cooking supplies were adult size, extremely sharp or simply not adequate for my daughter, so I moved fast and bought the appropriate supplies, changed my utensils and made my kitchen a safe and fun space for my girl.

It took me a while to find the perfect kids cooking tools that I wanted my daughter to use during this cooking journey. I spent a lot of time browsing online and found some amazing utensils. Believe me I would have liked to buy them all and make my daughter’s cooking experience something she could safely enjoy at every step, but I had to prioritize based on what she would use the most often. With this in mind, I made a list with the essentials and substituted those for kid-friendly versions, which provided both safety for her and peace of mind for me. Here are some of the items that can be safely substituted and can be used by kids.

  • Cutting tools: Disposable plastic knives are a solution when you first start preparing your kitchen for the little chefs. There’s no risk in giving a young child a plastic knife and it allows them to start getting involved with the hard steps of cooking a recipe, but if you don’t have plastic ware at home or you simply don’t like to use plastic utensils, then you can try the plastic knife from Zliss, is a lettuce knife that allows your kids to be safe while cutting. I use kid-friendly knives I bought from IKEA; they come in a variety of fun colors and they have been very useful for our cooking adventures.

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  • Spatulas and Spoons: I have found that silicon spatulas and spoons are better for the pots. This material is safe for kids and is very common. The only recommendation I have is to buy it in a friendly size for the kids to use while making their favorite recipe! Remember that these ones come in a wide range of colors and sizes, pick your favorite one! I haven’t completed my spoon collection but soon would like to have spoons and spatulas from www.cookincolor.com

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  • Measurers: These are a classic for children, and very easy to get, a lot of companies make them in a variety of colors and with fun shapes. But sometimes just a quick visit to your local store will pay off with fun colored measures in a variety of sizes; just keep your eyes open.

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  • Mixing Bowls: No kitchen is complete without the mix and match “mixing-bowls” the ones in the link are from Trudeau. The ones that I have are from my local store.

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  • Cutting Boards: Of course if your kids are going to be cutting, they need a safe space to do so. At home we have plastic cutting boards, since crystal, wood or ceramic ones are just too heavy for my daughter. Recently, I saw these flexible, cheap and small cutting boards from For Small Hands. Aren’t they adorable? Definitely the next acquisition for out child-friendly kitchen!

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  • Oven Mitts: There’s more variety for oven mitts. They usually come in different shapes and sizes, but if you want specific kid-size then you may want to try Growing Cooks since they seem to be quite small, perfect for little hands! I’m looking forward to order these ones next time we buy oven mitts.

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I also came across this brand: Curious Chef, and I have to say they do have a lot of great cooking items for children. Next time I’m buying something my daughter needs to cook I will certainly purchase it from their website. I can’t wait to try some of their utensils soon!

There are many more items that a kid can use in the kitchen, funnels, timers, fun spoons, containers with different shapes and more! Share with us if your kids have any preference for kid friendly cooking utensils!

Crumb Sandwich

Yesterday we had the opportunity to share the Chef Koochooloo idea with the 1st graders of the Belmont Oaks Academy.  The kids had a great time discovering Argentina, while preparing the all time favorite Argentinian snack, the Sandwich de Miga! Our thanks go to the Academy and to the teachers, Erin Reaves and Danielle Thompson.

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Sandwiches de miga are popular food items in Argentina where they are consumed mainly at parties or as snacks. These sandwiches de miga are similar to the English cucumber sandwich and it also resembles the Italian tramezzino. They are single or double layered sandwiches, made from a thin white bread without crust, filled with thinly sliced meat such as ham, eggs, cheese, tomatoes, green peppers, lettuce, and other vegetables.

Here are the country facts in our traditional Chef Koochooloo format:

Course Category: Appertizer

Continent: South America

National Language: Spanish

English Recipe Name: Crumb Sandwich

Argentinian Name: Sandwich de Miga

The kids were very quick to spot Argentina on the globe. They already knew that the national language is Spanish and they even spoke some Spanish themselves! They were very interested to learn that the capital Buenos Aires actually means “good air” but were concerned to hear that this is no longer the case because of air pollution.

What captured their attention even more was the economic phenomenon of inflation. When introducing Argentina, one cannot but talk about the great economic challenge this country has been facing during the last decade. The kids where fast to grasp that inflation is a sustained increase in the general price level. Put in their own words “inflation means that all the prices go up and you can buy less with your money, so your money is not worth as much”. In this simple way we introduced the concepts of inflation and currency devaluation and had a spelling challenge, which they passed with flying colors!

Argentina, however, has much more than a gloomy economy. Argentina is the land of Tango! The kids were very enthusiastic to try it out! Claudia, out native Argentinian colleague simplified the Tango steps: Tango is about drawing a square with your feet! Geometry did the trick and the kids picked up on some great Argentinian dancing skills! The music in the background certainly captured their interest and increased their engagement.

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After dancing, we all got really hungry, so we started preparing our sandwiches right away:

Ingredients:

  • Sliced bread
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Corn
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
Lettuce originated in ancient Egypt and spread to ancient Greece and Rome. By the 16th century it was already very popular in both Europe and the Americas.

Lettuce originated in ancient Egypt and spread to ancient Greece and Rome. By the 16th century it was already very popular in both Europe and the Americas.

Ingredient spotlight: Lettuce

Lettuce originated in ancient Egypt and spread to ancient Greece and Rome. By the 16th century it was already very popular in both Europe and the Americas. Lettuce is a great source of vitamin A. Vitamin A promotes growth, the immune system, reproduction, and vision. More nutritional notes about lettuce can be found here

Preparation

Little chef tasks

Prepare your ingredients:

  • This is a crumb sandwich, so our first task is to remove the crust from our two bread slices.
  • Add ketchup and mayonnaise in a bowl and mix well to make the sauce

Here we introduced the primary and secondary colors  by asking:

When adding red ketchup and yellow mayonnaise, what color do you think you sauce will be?

  • Wash the tomato and the lettuce
  • Slice the tomato
  • Cut the lettuce (if not precut)

Layer your sandwich:

  • Lay your bread slice and spread the sauce
  • Add the cheese, the lettuce, and the tomato and then sprinkle some corn on top.
  • Top it with your second slice of bread

Give you sandwich your favorite shape:

  • Cut your sandwich to make two small rectangles or two triangles or even 4 small squares! Here we introduced the basic shapes and some elements of geometry that the kids can visualize. 

At this point, the kids had learned a lot and it was time to enjoy:

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¡Buen provecho is Spanish for “Enjoy your meal”